Sunday, September 30, 2007

Health update

Dad is recovering from a bout with an infection that created some complications and resulted in a hospital stay for a few days. He is now in a nursing home for some additional recovery/rehab before returning home.

Visiting time has taken priority over additional editing to post more episodes of Jerry's Story. The hospital was not an environment to attempt to do any recording. We'll see if this new location provides an opportunity.

In the meantime, you can review the archives and wait patiently for new episodes.

the scorecard

It's my father's fault.
answers to math questions in an instant
Cost accountant, meticulous rows of figures

kept score for the family card games
columns of names and numbers
tallied for the winners and players

diabetic diary, daily food intake
peanut butter toast, mashed potatoes
dog eared book, calories for each

so I'm at the festival
scribbling who spoke in order
what poem was read

can go back to 2004, 2002 even
words, images, scenes called forth
and the festivals come alive

early morning Rumi, Bly on the mound,
Barks at bat, Paul Winter on deck,
the pitch, and it' s a home run!

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originally posted on Steve's 2 Cents

audio version available here

Friday, September 21, 2007

Riding the wave

It appears that we are riding the wave. Ken Burns has the new PBS program on WWII coming out next week.

US News & World Report
has the cover story on "Voices of World War II".

Susan Kitchens, from whom I find some guidance on family oral history, writes here. She was quoted and reference in the magazine article.

Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Jerry's Story: Tinian and Hawaii

Jerry talks about Tinian and then recovery and training on Hawaii before going into Iwo Jima.

Time: 8 minutes, 58 seconds

MP3 File

Monday, September 17, 2007

Jerry's Story: Joint Assault Signal Company

Jerry talks about his work on Saipan and Tinian as part of the Joint Assault Signal Company, a group also made famous in the movie "The Whisperers".

Time: 6 minutes, 32 seconds

MP3 File

Sunday, September 16, 2007

Jerry's Story: Foxhole clarifications

Jerry provides some background clarifications on the foxholes and vegetation found on the islands.

Time: 1 minute, 47 seconds

MP3 File

Saturday, September 15, 2007

Jerry's Story: US Marine Health Records

Jerry talks about his health records and how he grew during his time in the US Marines.

Time: 6 minutes, 15 seconds

MP3 File

Jerry's Story: Market Forecast

Jerry talks about the market forecast he made in 1999 that became reality during 2000 and now when re-reading these school projects he realizes he acurrately made.

Time: 1 minute, 3 seconds

MP3 File

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Jerry's Story: Meghan's School Report - Part 2

the second part of Meghan's school report written during 1999 and read outloud by Jerry with some commentary and minor corrections along the way.

Time: 14 minutes, 43 seconds

MP3 File

Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Jerry's Story: Meghan's School Report - Part 1

Jerry reads the school report that his granddaughter Meghan did during high school. The report was written during 1999. This is the first of two parts.

Time: 16 minutes, 24 seconds

MP3 File

Monday, September 10, 2007

Jerry's Story: William's School Report

Jerry reads a report that his grandson William had prepared for a US History project while Will was in high school.

The report focuses on WW II and what Jerry experienced during his participation in Saipan, Tinian, and Iwo Jima.

7 minutes, 9 seconds

MP3 File

Sunday, September 9, 2007

Jerry's Story: School Project

Jerry's Story: School Project, originally uploaded by shersteve.

Jerry Sherlock with his granddaughter Avery (sitting at his left) and two other students at Avery's school working on their history project.

Saturday, September 8, 2007

Jerry's Story: Avery's School Report

Jerry reads, and edits along the way, a report he helped his granddaughter Avery prepare for school a few years ago.

The report summarizes Jerry's Story; his early days through WWII.

Time: 6 minutes, 51 seconds

MP3 File

Jerry and Fran

Jerry and Fran, originally uploaded by shersteve.

Jerry's older sister, Fran, stopped by to help celebrate his birthday this past weekend.

Happy Birthday, Dad!